Contact: Mandy ChangRegion: All, All UK

Title: Commissioning Editor Storyville & Acquisitions
Genre: Acquisitions
Region: All, All UK

About Channel

The BBC is the world's leading public service broadcaster with a channel portfolio that  provides entertainment, news, drama, factual, current affairs, comedy, children’s and arts coverage across BBC One, BBC, Two, BBC Three, BBC Four, CBBC and CBeebies. 

Programme Interests

Factual acquisitions

In addition to the opportunities below, Storyville look for ambitious, narrative, contemporary films to commission in co-production with other funders, to pre-buy or acquire. Visit the Storyville commissioning page to find out more.

The BBC Factual Acquisitions team is part of BBC Content’s (television) factual commissioning department. We are responsible for buying completed factual films and programmes that complement the BBC’s original programming with carefully considered content that represents the best in global filmmaking.  We are particularly interested in programmes that have unique, exciting access to subjects that will resonate with audiences across the UK.

There are a range of opportunities for completed films and programmes across the BBC’s services but all our content must work for a specific BBC channel. 

Our current priorities are:

BBC Four

We are looking for one or two authoritative, ambitious factual series each year. 

We are also looking for a range of single films including: 

BBC Three

There are a limited number of opportunities for acquired single films on BBC Three.  We are looking for English language films on contemporary subjects that are challenging, provocative and boldly unpack their subjects with compassion, insight and smart storytelling. 


We are looking for ambitious single films and series in the music, arts and documentary genres that tell compelling contemporary stories and offer exclusive or unusual access to well-known subjects and figures. 

We are also looking for performance pieces from musicians and artists that will appeal to a wide audience in the UK. 


We acquire the occasional high profile, accessible single film and performance pieces.

Seasons and events

Factual Acquisitions forms a key part of selected BBC seasons and events, acquiring single films that provide exceptional access and alternative perspectives.

We are currently well served for current affairs, lifestyle, food and cooking, travel, popular factual, factual entertainment and formats.


Factual Acquisitions will consider projects that are in production if we are able to meaningfully assess the potential of the finished film, the majority of the funding is in place and the BBC is able to have an editorial role in the project.

Rights and clearances

Factual Acquisitions will only consider programming that is fully cleared for broadcast in the UK, including catch up rights. 

Presenter-led programming

We are happy to consider presenter-led programming that fits with our current priorities provided the presenters are already well known in the UK or bring a specific expertise to the subject.

BBC versions

We want all of our films and programmes to reach as wide an audience as possible and regularly work with producers and filmmakers to create UK television versions of their programming.

Submitting to Factual Acquistions

If you have programming that fits our requirements and priorities, please register and submit via our online submission system

This system is for completed and funded films and programmes only.  We are unable to consider programming that does not meet this requirement and our current editorial priorities. 

Producers seeking BBC funded commissions should submit programme ideas through BBC Pitch to the relevant genre lead or controller. 

Factual Acquisitions look for programming year round so you can submit at any time. We receive a high number of submissions and carefully consider each one, so response times can vary.

Looking For

Pitching to BBC

BBC Pitch is the tool by which UK based television production companies and BBC in-house production teams can submit content proposals for BBC network television.

Eligible companies must register for a BBC Pitch account before submitting a proposal and must read and accept the BBC Pitch terms and conditions. Please see the Eligibility criteria section for further information.  

Please note, individuals not affiliated with an independent production company cannot register to use BBC Pitch, please see the Ideas from the public page instead.

Those wishing to submit ideas for BBC Radio should visit the separate Radio section of the site and please see the Online section to find out how to submit digital and technology ideas. 

BBC Pitch is part of BBC Television’s commitment to improve the commissioning process, enabling BBC commissioners to consider programme ideas more efficiently. It is designed to simplify the process of managing and tracking proposals and allows the BBC to monitor whether it is correctly operating within the Code of practice.

The system does not replace any of the creative conversations with BBC commissioning teams, it is simply a way to manage ideas better. BBC Television receives up to 10,000 proposals a year and time with commissioners is limited so meetings will always be based upon the merit of the proposal submitted through BBC Pitch.

Watch Commissioner Overview

Watch Commissioner Showreel

Read Commissioner Brief